Instant reaction to Browns trading Kevin Zeitler for Olivier Vernon

Instant reaction to Browns trading Kevin Zeitler for Olivier Vernon

Cleveland also swapped its 155th pick in the draft for New York's 132nd, according to Garafolo.

The trade won't become official until 4 p.m. on March 13, the start of free agency and the NFL's calendar year. NY will also receive a fourth-round (No. 155) pick, while the Browns will get the No. 132 pick in exchange.

Vernon's arrival as another edge rusher could free up Garrett from double teams and allow the Browns to focus on a defensive tackle in the draft.

The defense was great at forcing turnovers last season, but couldn't get a consistent pass rush. He agreed to a five-year, $85 million deal with the Giants that included $52.5 million in guaranteed money. He is currently the third-highest-paid at his position now behind Dallas' Zak Martin and Andrew Norwell of Jacksonville, who the Giants wanted to sign in free agency previous year.

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As New York tries to get one more year out of Eli Manning, and likely groom his successor (Dwayne Haskins?) after drafting him No. 6 in April's draft, upgrading the offensive line is necessary.

This move helps solve the team's conundrum with 2018 second-round pick Austin Corbett.

Vernon had two years left remainin on his contract and a base salary of $15.25 million in 2019 and 2020 with cap hits of $19.5 million both years. Zeitler joins an underperforming line in NY that he should upgrade significantly. But running back Saquon Barkley was the league's Offensive Rookie of the Year despite playing behind an inconsistent unit. That figures to mitigate the loss of Jamie Collins, who was dumped by the Browns earlier this week.

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